C. S. Lewis had a knack for communicating profound biblical truth in a simple way that captures the imagination. His pithy statements illuminate the importance of Christianity and the wonders of the world to come.
Lewis knew that there are certain moments in our life that stir up a sense of beauty, wonder, and adventure. But these experiences, these glimpses, cannot ultimately satisfy us. These moments are not meant to be ends in themselves. Instead, they point beyond this world to something greater. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
If we focus only on this world and believe it will satisfy us, we lose our sense of direction. If we say this world came into being out of pure chance, just a random result from an explosion at the beginning of the universe, then there is no purpose, no basis for anything that is reasonable. Only in the biblical, Christian worldview is there a source of purpose and reason and goodness and beauty. We were made for another world—and only in light of that world can we understand this one.
An Eternal Choice
If it is true that we were made for another world, one that is yet to come, we would do well to prepare ourselves for it. As a result, if we idle away our time with trinkets that have no lasting significance, truly we have wasted our lives here. As Lewis puts it, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” Christianity, if true, is central to everything. What we do now affects eternity.
In the end, Lewis writes, there are only two types of people: “those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’” How we live now matters. The choices we make have an impact. If we choose ourselves and live only for this world, we will miss out on the next. But if we choose God and live for Him, we will have abundant eternal life.